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In Transit: Poems of Travel

In Transit: Poems of Travel


Edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs.

“Trains follow trails as hands do, on a rail, in the dark.
Or an eagle poised to hunt dogs, its eye distilled to a
point cresting the hill. A man carrying a sack is reaching
for a grape.


What kind of day is this? What moment? Pane shows clover
rushing, so fast the rushing is still. Pane is cool against cheek.


A pebble a romantic a shovel a branch a trough before a rose
a line in a box. Tan, peat, a wood scarred fauve. Fronds.
They take note of the passing.


“Greenness a carpet grows is pressed as a rose or a sweet pea.


All attention is here where bursting is good, is good.
Choosing fast in foam and ash. The bright souvenir
expanding, a moment disinterred –”

– ‘Always pleasing this quarter sun’ by Lila Matsumoto, from Transit.

Publication date: 30 June 2018

Paperback ISBN: 9781910139943

96 pages / 39 poems / 8 illustrations

GTIN: N/A SKU: 978-1-910139-94-3 Categories: , , Tag:

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.


Travelling is never as just simple as getting from A to B. Whether you’re sailing in a stately cruise liner or running for a grimy commuter train, your mode of transport affects the way you look at the things around you. Travel can even make us question who we are at home: will we be the same person at the other end of the journey?

The poems in this anthology take in day-trippers and business travellers, but also characters who are forced to voyage against their will, as well as those with no choice but to stay put. Whatever your destination, this book is a companion for the journey, exploring the nuances of the strange state of being in transit.

With poems from Zayneb Allak, Sharon Black, Jeanette Burton, Nancy Campbell, George David Clark, Claire Collison, Anna Kisby, Jo Dixon, Andy Eaton, Charlotte Eichler, Rosie Garland, Rebecca Gethin, Rich Goodson, Susannah Hart, Fiona Larkin, Shara Lessley, Nick Littler, Lila Matsumoto, Colleen J. McElroy, Jane McKie, Fiona Moore, Miranda Peake, Cheryl Pearson, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Andrea Robinson, William Roychowdhury, Vicky Sparrow, David Tait, Andrew Taylor, Maria Taylor, Alex Toms, Bitite Vinklers, Rory Waterman, Rebecca Violet White, Simon Williams, Jeremy Wikeley, Peter Surkov and Cliff Yates.

Praise for In Transit:

‘This is a fine little book which may well inspire you to write your own poems about travelling.’ – London Grip

Additional information

Dimensions 12.3 × 18.4 cm

Paperback, eBook


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